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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million united states dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: aaaa aaaa <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2021 05:21:08 +0000
Subject: Apply For Loan!
Do you have a project that needed funding or a loan for a project? Our firm represents the Gulf development partners, a private investment consortium business.
We have private investors that are looking to invest into various businesses like Energy, real estate, Hotel, Oil and Gas, farming, mining, Construction firm, trade, telecoms, Personal loans etc, at 5% interest rate: we can loan or finance your project from US$20, 000.00 to US$500, 000.000.00. (Twenty Thousand United States Dollars to Five Hundred Million United States Dollars)
We can Provide You With any amount of funds after meeting with you in person to confirm your capability to manage these funds in investment and pay back the Agreed return, the meeting will be held in Johannesburg South Africa. All the funds required for the funding of your project is no problem in lifting;
we only need your experience and expertise in the managing of These funds in investment and trust that you can pay your returns.
Since my investors are mainly interested in USA, Canada, Asia, some parts of Europe, Australia and New Zealand at the moment, they are looking at investing a huge amount for a start into various sustainable projects ranging from stocks to Energy, Oil, and Gas, real estates through mining, farming, shipping etc..
I would appreciate more details about your business project, if you required a business or personal loan please do contact us for loan application form.
Please reply on the above or below email address.